A potentially imminent attack on Syrian soil by the US military has prompted Argentina to break silence and take a stand on the conflict affecting the Arab nation.
One day before its role as head of the UN Security Council expires, the Foreign Ministry released a statement assuring that Argentina “will never suggest or support a foreign military intervention.“
“The Argentine government and people will not be accomplices to any new deaths,” it says. As a solution to the conflict, Argentina suggests “an arms embargo” and “a humanitarian intervention led by the UN secretary general, an emergency meeting of the UN Assembly General or for foreign ministers in the Security Council to take joint action.”
The written statement once again reminds the international community that Argentina, as well as Latin America, has traditionally stood by the principle of non-intervention of a foreign military force, and strongly rejected the growing possibility of a NATO-led strike against the Arab nation.
“In accordance to what has been expressed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a military intervention – be it unilateral or led by circumstantial alliances – in order to protect civilians opens the door to new abuses of peace and security and ends up attacking the same values that it precisely claimed to defend. Let’s not add new horrors to the horrors that we have already suffered.”
“A foreign military intervention as an automatic response to the use of chemical weapons without even waiting for the United Nations to determine whether those weapons where used and who used them, implies a defeat of the multilateral system and the underestimation of its legal system.”
“Once again we must say that the United Nations will not be effective as long as the powerful think that only the weak are the ones who must comply with their resolutions.”
For two years now, Syria has been immersed in a civil war that has killed over 100,000 people and injured many more, as the Assad government refuses to leave power. Last week, an attack was made in a region to the northeast of Damascus in the middle of the night. Over 300 people were killed, including women and children, and it is believed that chemical weapons were used in the strike.
You can read the entire statement released by the Argentin Foreign Ministry this morning here (in Spanish).